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Self-Guided Walking Holidays Tenerife

 Tenerife  8 Days / 7 Nights  Grade B/C: Trails / Mountains

The island of Tenerife offers year-round walking and is a boon to those lucky walkers who have already discovered its varied and surprising interior. Forget the tourist strips around the coast and instead explore the desert landscapes, its weird and wonderful basalt formations, the lush forests, and the volcanic slopes of Spain's highest peak - El Teide at 3718m (the third largest volcano in the world).

Tenerife is blessed with wonderful trails along the sea cliffs and rocky coves. It has unique pine and laurel forests and lush banana plantations. You can also walk along its deep gorges and explore the unique landscape of Las Cañadas.

As you have probably already guessed there is a surprising amount to see on this wonderful island. After your first walking holiday here we are sure you will find yourself coming back for more!

The beauty of El Teide
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View of El Teide during summer

Day 1 (Arrival)
Arrive in Tenerife and transfer to our base in the town of La Orotava, famous for its street tapestries of flowers and coloured sands during the Feast of Corpus Christi - and a wonderful location to start our adventure in Tenerife.

Day 2 (13km Valle de Orotava Walk)
You transfer by local bus to Aguamansa, where you start your walk today. Following a circular route the natural park "Parque Natural de Corona Forrestal" you walk the wooded slopes beneath Mt Teide. Along the way you ascend to Los Órganos - a natural series of basalt rock formations that resemble huge organ pipes. You return to your hotel in La Orotava for the night.

Day 3 (15km or 19km La Montañeta to Los Silos )
A short transfer brings you to La Montañeta where you head up from the church of San Francisco to the villages of Las Arenas Negras and then continue west to the village of Erjos. You then start to drop down and walk along an ancient path and farmland, through bay laurel to reach your destination at the little village square in Los Silos. Rest and enjoy a relaxing drink in the shade here while you wait for the bus to Garachico.

Day 4 (13km Teno Alto)
Another transfer by bus brings you to the western part of Tenerife for a walk through open woodlands, across farmland and along spectacular gorges or 'barrancos' to the small village of Teno Alto. You then follow paths across the plateau, walking amongst fields of giant euphorbia cacti plants. When the weather is clear weather, you are blessed with wonderful views off this high plateau across to the island of La Gomera.

Landscape around El TeideDay 5 (10km Las Cañadas del Teide)
Our transport brings you from Garachico to your next accommodation in the morning - nestled on the edge of El Teide crater. You have the opportunity of a walk which ascends Guajara (Tenerife's second highest peak) or you can take advantage of a shorter 6km walk around the Roques de Garcia in this stunning landscape.

Day 6 (16km las Cañadas to El Portillo)
Today you have another day of walking in the unique surroundings of El Teide and Las Cañadas. Leading away from El Parador de las Cañadas you follow small dusty tracks Get better acquainted with El Pico del Teide, wandering through the bizarre landscape of Las Cañadas. Again, several options. The standard walk leads from the Parador to El Portillo partly along the 'pensionades' - an easy-to-follow unsurfaced track, with magnificent views. At the end of the day's walk you transfer by taxi to La Laguna.

Day 7 (16km Taganana to Taborno )
Our final day's walking brings you to the north of the Island and the Anaga range of mountains. This is a challenging but very rewarding day in the impressive surroundings of high coastal cliffs and deep mountain gorges. Walking along steep green mountainsides that are resplendent in lush vegetation, you will visit the villages of Afur and Taborno on your way to Las Carboneras and the end of your walk. You are met by our transport and transferred back to your hotel.

Day 8 (Departure)The lush mountainsides of the Anaga Range in northern Tenerife
The tour is completed following your breakfast, and we provide a transfer to the airport.

7 nights accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in our approved partner hotels (normally with en-suite facilities) on a bed and breakfast basis.

Lunches and dinners are not included, and packed lunches can be bought in most of the villages or ordered directly from your accommodation.

Luggage transfers between hotels, route description and maps.

Taxi transfers as described - however any use of public transport buses must be paid for locally.

Airport transfers to and from Tenerife Norte airport are included. Please contact us for separate pricing of transfers to/from other airports or locations.

Note that any National Park permits to El Teide summit or El Teide cable car tickets are not included.

For more information on Tenerife visit the Tenerife Tourism website at www.webtenerifeuk.com.
Flight schedules and information on Tenerife Norte Airport.
Flight schedules and information on Tenerife Sur Airport.

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Prices and options
The price for the Tenerife self-guided tour is £795 Sterling (approx $1,320 US Dollars or €895 Euro) per person sharing.

  • 7 nights accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in our approved partner hotels (normally with en-suite facilities) on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Airport transfers to/from Tenerife Norte Airport are included. Please contact us for separate pricing of transfers to/from other airports or locations.
  • All transfers as described in the itinerary except those that specify the use of local buses. Where public bus transport is used, this must be paid for locally.
  • Luggage transfer between hotels, detailed daily route notes, and map(s).

Single supplement - The additional supplement for single occupancy (if accompanying a party) is £200.
Lone traveller price - The total cost for a person travelling alone (not with a party) is £1,250.
High season price - Note that for holidays between 01 November 2009 and 04 January 2010 there is a 5% surcharge on the prices quoted.

You can start your self-guided tour on any day that you wish throughout the season - including the winter months. Please complete a booking form, or contact us to arrange.

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